Sheryl Lynn Walker of North Salem, NY, passed into eternal life in December of 2018. Sheryl was born to Albert C. and Isabel R. Moncalieri in June of 1951. She attended Maria Regina High School in Yonkers and Berkley College in White Plains. After completing her studies, Sheryl began working at Nestlé USA where she later met her husband of 42 years, William. After marrying, William and Sheryl had two daughters, Suzanne of Brewster, and Rita of Jackson, NJ.
Sheryl then became a homemaker and mother extraordinaire. In this role, she taught her children the values of kindness, integrity, and determination and instilled in them a love of life, laughter, and learning. During their younger years, it was not uncommon to find Sheryl outdoors engaging in creative play with her girls, such as sketching elaborate villages with colored chalk in the driveway for them to ride around on their bikes or swimming and building sandcastles with them at the lake.
As her children grew, Sheryl became a fixture in their schools, volunteering in their classrooms, supporting reading initiatives, chaperoning school events, attending every performance or exhibit, and befriending administrators, teachers, and supporting educators. A warm heart and adventurous spirit ensured she could be counted on no matter the request. Need someone to climb the stairs of the Statue of Liberty as high as the students can make it? She’s in. Need someone to traipse around the Bronx Zoo with a group of students in the sweltering heat? Sign her up. And if you were one of those lucky students in her groups and she saw you had no money to buy a souvenir in the gift shop, you’d certainly be walking out of there with something she bought for you. She loved her daughters unconditionally and when you were with her, she adored you just as much.
Sheryl valued her family immensely and was the embodiment of love and giving. Having been raised in a large Italian family, her loss will be deeply felt on holidays, especially Christmas, as her home was the gathering place for decades. Though many have tried, no one has quite yet matched her culinary prowess, especially when it comes to her homemade lasagna, gravy, meat sauce, Christmas soup, apple pies, cookies, and almond cakes. The next generation has a lot to live up to in the kitchen, but their hearts will forever be warmed by her legacy of love and devotion to all.
Sheryl was loved by all and quickly made connections wherever she frequented. There was no such thing as running a quick errand with her, as she befriended people everywhere. It was not uncommon to stop into the bank, post office, grocery store, deli, hair salon, or other businesses and have people whom you had never met know details of your life through their relations with her. But those friendships were not one-sided, as people also opened up to Sheryl easily, knowing she was genuine, giving, and kind—qualities which are seemingly uncommon these days. To say her loss will not be felt both near and far would be a gross understatement.
Sheryl is survived by her loving daughter Rita Lopez and Rita’s spouse Lex and child Benjamin. She is also mourned by her daughter Suzanne Rotchford and Suzanne’s spouse Paul and children Kaylee and Andrew. Sheryl also leaves behind her brother Allan of Yonkers, NY; many loving cousins, nieces and nephews from across the nation; and countless dear friends. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Albert and Isabel, her husband William, and her lifelong friend Francine Belloni, whom she loved like a sister. We take comfort knowing that she now joins them in heaven.
Sheryl was a bright, thoughtful, compassionate, giving, devoted, and gregarious wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She frequently sacrificed her own needs and put the interests of others ahead of her own. She was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. The pain of her loss may never subside, but neither will the fondness of our memories of her that we will forever carry in our hearts.
Sheryl’s life was celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Carmel, NY, on January 3, at 10:30 AM. A private burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in White Plains, NY